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Sewing Basics Paperback – 6 Jun 2011

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Murdoch Books (6 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741967503
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741967500
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 2.2 x 25 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 451,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sandra has tertiary qualifications in Fashion, Theatre Costume and Theatre Crafts and now enjoys the colourful, gypsy-like career of a freelance costume maker, working on various projects in theatre, film, events and making couture bridalwear. Sandra has a passion for beautifully crafted costumes, creative ventures of all sorts, and vintage clothing and collectables.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By S. A. Broadhurst VINE VOICE on 22 Jun. 2011
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This book is a must for anyone who wants to try either hand or machine sewing for the first time, or as a useful reference book to be included in a crafters library for all those little things you are unsure of but want to try!

I was immediately drawn to this book when I saw it. I love cross stitching, I can reattach buttons, mend small tears in clothes and can stitch a straight line with a sewing machine but that is about it. I would love to be able to make a cushion cover from scratch or even finish that longline waistcoat that I started in my GCSE textiles class from a paper pattern but never quite finished it. With this book I am sure that I could give it a good go.

The book starts right at the beginning: getting organised- deciding on a workspace/area, organising it and keeping it tidy, how to store and organise your 'stash' and projects. It details all the tools of the trades - detailling needles, measuring tools and making equipment and explaining the benefits of each type. This tools of the trade section is very informative and explains the use of each item and the need for variations.
The book moves on to sewing machines - how to choose a machine and then the accessories needed for different projects: the size of needle used and the different feet avaliable and their uses. There is also a list of troubleshooting problems which explains the cause and also the solution in easy steps. Fabrics and interfacing are explained in the next section - how to care for them, how to establish the straight grain, any flaws in different fabrics and when and how to use interfacing.

The book then looks at patterns - how to understand them, what they contain, how to alter a commercial pattern, how to make a pattern from an existing garment and also measurement charts.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By daisyrock on 18 Jun. 2011
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I'm really pleased with this and think I'll get a lot out of it. I've been struggling for a while to find a book that starts from scratch to teach you the basics of sewing. So many other books seem to want to skip over this to teach you something quirky. This starts from the beginning with, for example, a chapter on finding and understanding a sewing machine (boring, I know, but essential for beginners like me as sewing machines have baffled me up till now). I'm also very pleased to see a chapter on sorting out paper patters, how to use them and decode their mysteries! The only bit I don't think I'll use is a chapter towards the end about embroidery - that's a different sort of subject as far as I'm concerned, but others might like it. It's a very good looking book - lots of colour photos that look very useful, and a light and airy layout that makes all the information contained (and it's very info heavy - hooray!) look easy to read and not daunting at all.

Chapter titles are as follows:
Getting organised
Tools of the trade
Sewing machines
Fabrics and interfacings
Understanding patterns
Cutting out, tacking and basting
Basic hand and machine stitches
Sewing and finishing seams
Creating shape and fitting
Linings, facings and hems
Design details
Fastenings
Trims and surface decoration
Embroidery
Alterations and repairs
Glossary
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By thementalmen on 15 Nov. 2011
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I know that I am not the target market for this book (bloke/lives in shed when wife wants him out of house/real ale drinker) but it is a skill that most blokes should be able at least know the basics about sewing. It does go through the basics very well and I know that the skills I learnt in the boy scouts and refreshed here will come in useful. It has however convinced me that I do not want a sewing machine and also I wish the book had a plain cover so it could hide among the car manuals on the book shelf.....
Sadly the book is very good as I was wanting to use the pun:
what's the book like? sew - sew (hmm, I'll get my coat)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Straightforward TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 Feb. 2012
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As the title of this book suggests, it is suitble for the beginner seamsters out there - someone who is fairly new to sewing and wants to be guided through a project of their own (this has no projects included inside) from beginning to end. It covers the basic information about the materials, machines, tools, How to lay your patterns, how to cut out the fabric and so forth.

But it only cover the basics (this is a strength in a way, as it doesn't drown the learner with information they don't need yet) - if your own project is complicated and you want specific advice, you won't find any help here. It's not an in-depth encyclopedia, but a good introduction to those who might want to try out sewing for themselves.

On a side-note, I found the picture a bit dark and gloomy - it made it a bit difficult to see the fine detail at times.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TheLibrarian on 17 July 2011
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I am a currently learning to sew and think this book is the ideal manual for beginners. This book really does cover all the basics. Subjects covered include: what tools you will need, how to read a sewing pattern, how to alter clothes or a commercial pattern, information on different fabrics and how to decorate fabrics with trimmings or embroidery. There is also a very comprehensive sewing section showing you all the dressmaking basics. There is also a glossary at the back which explains all those terms that are guaranteed to confuse the beginner. I found this book really easy to understand and it is absolutely stuffed full of useful hints and tips. My only criticism of the book is that the photographs are quite small, but that does allow the publishers to put several pictures on each page. I found that really useful because it shows each step you need to follow. I think this may be the best beginner's sewing book I have seen so far.
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